TalkSPORT pundit can't believe decision over Chelsea man at World Cup

'How?': TalkSPORT pundit can't believe manager's decision over Chelsea player at the World Cup today

TalkSPORT’s Dean Ashton has been left shocked at reports that Mason Mount is set to start for England over Phil Foden.

News broke last night that Gareth Southgate is set to keep faith in the Chelsea man despite an inconsistent run of form this season.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a brief revival in form when Graham Potter joined the club, finally getting amongst the goals in a 2-0 win against Aston Villa.

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However, since then the two-time player of the year has endured more inconsistent performances.

This form has called for him to be dropped by a number of pundits in the lead up to the tournament.

With the embarrassment of riches in attack, it is perhaps understandable why there are calls for Southgate to look to other options to complete his side.

Ashton confused at Mount inclusion

Ashton is one of those two, with the pundit in shock that a player the quality of Foden is reported to not be starting.

He said: “It should be Saka with Foden. How can we not have Phil Foden in our England team? He’s such a telnted player, I think you could even play him a bit deeper if you want.

“If you play one holding midfielder in Rice, you could play Bellingham and Foden in front.

[Would that be instead of Mount?] “Yeah, absolutely.”

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The report in question also stated that fellow Chelsea man Raheem Sterling is set to feature in the Starting 11 too.

While the winger’s form has also been nowhere near his best, there have been far less questions over the potential of his inclusion in the side.

Mount was a game changing substitute in England’s last fixture against Germany, where he fired the hosts level in a thrilling match at Wembley. The fire he showed in that performance should show supporters just how important he is to the nation.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released